CCTV is out. IP surveillance is in!

If your business uses any recording equipment to monitor buildings or areas, then having a reliable system is paramount. IP surveillance has entered the scene and with it came some fantastic improvements: High-quality images, fast processing and easy monitoring.

This is where Netgear’s PoE and PoE+ switches come in. Fast, reliable and easy to install, Netgear’s PoE Switches are a sure-fire way to help boost your IP surveillance network and transfer high amounts of data.

Let’s dive into how Netgear can help improve your IP surveillance network.


What is IP Surveillance

What does an IP Surveillance set up consist of?

What are the requirements for a high-performance IP Surveillance system?

Introducing Netgear PoE Switches for IP Surveillance deployment

The Benefits of PoE

Why Use Netgear PoE Switches?

Top 5 Netgear PoE Switches

What Is IP Surveillance?

IP (Internet Protocol) surveillance is similar to CCTV but uses an internet connection to transfer data, rather than as a voltage. Switching over to IP surveillance can be costly, depending on the size of your network. However, changing to an IP surveillance system or even expanding your existing network is worth it, both short term and long term.

IP surveillance has numerous benefits over CCTV:

  • Easier to use
  • Higher image quality
  • Can automatically highlight events for easy searching
  • Smaller file sizes
  • Can connect to existing networks and servers
  • Flexible and easy to scale
  • Future-proof
  • Can set up remote access for all parts of the network
  • Easier to power
  • Stored and accessed anywhere in the world
  • Low barrier to entry for simple setups

IP surveillance can be set up on networks, using network switches and cables. The systems can vary from basic monitoring to high-end intelligent surveillance. Some IP surveillance setups can actively analyse the footage to highlight areas of activity in the camera which may be of interest.

As IP Surveillance runs on networks, it means that the equipment can plug straight into your existing network, if needed.

IP surveillance cameras

What Does An IP Surveillance Set Up Consist Of?

IP surveillance systems will differ from business to business. Each company will have its own needs, requirements and technology budgets. But there are some common elements to consider.

IP Cameras

An obvious point for an IP surveillance network. An IP camera is a video recording device which can send data over the internet. Most of these cameras use PoE connections to power them and transfer data.

Some cameras offer features beyond just recording video. Some higher-end cameras can offer two-way audio, which can be used to listen and speak to the subject being recorded. Other cameras can be remotely controlled to track an area. Many can analyse data to automatically detect instances which may be of interest to security management.

Video Servers

Once your cameras have been set up, they will need somewhere to record, aggregate, process, and broadcast video streams. These video servers can allow multiple people to access recordings in real time. But they can also pass the video through to the network.

Clients/ Monitoring Station

You will also need a way to monitor your video from your IP surveillance. This is usually a PC equipped with dedicated surveillance software to enable real-time viewing and review of the stored video.

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Once you’ve got your video recorded, you’ll need to store it somewhere. For huge IP surveillance networks, you may want to use a dedicated server. For smaller surveillance, a NAS device will be perfect. Netgear Ready NAS is a fantastic way to store your videos.

Network Switches

You’ll need some PoE Switches to manage the network traffic. When buying your Network Switch, you’ll need to check which features will suit your needs. Make sure your switch has the right bandwidth and features that you need to manage your network.

Netgear have a wide range of PoE and PoE+ Switches that will cover all your IP surveillance needs.


You will need to cable up your network. You will need high-quality Ethernet cables to ensure your network doesn’t lose any power. We recommend CAT5 wires or above. Aim for the best wires you can afford.

What Are The Requirements For A High-Performance IP Surveillance System?

Now you have the basic set up for your IP surveillance system, there are a few requirements to consider.

Adequate Bandwidth

You’ll need to ensure your network can provide a high enough bandwidth to ensure that high-quality footage can be passed through without causing problems. A strong internet connection, high-quality router and good switch will all help keep bandwidth high.

Secondary Power

You don’t want your IP surveillance to drop if the power goes out. Ensure you have a backup plan in case the power goes out. Uninterrupted Power Supplies can help keep you going even when the power is out.


You’ll need to ensure your network is secure. Use strong passwords, firewalls and avoid using public WiFi on your network. There are plenty of other factors in Network Security which you should aim to cover.

Netgear switch

Introducing Netgear PoE Switches For IP Surveillance Deployment

Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is a game-changer, especially in the surveillance space. Since its release in 2003, it’s quickly been adopted by devices such as VoIP phones, IP cameras, and wireless access points. PoE only needs one cable to power and transfer data, meaning far less cabling.

With Netgear’s new PoE+, you can effectively double the power going to the device. This allows you to connect an IP camera whatever the watt consumption (fixed or PTZ cameras).

The Benefits Of PoE

There are plenty of benefits of PoE Switches:

  • Easy installation
  • Lower infrastructure and installation costs
  • Fewer power adapters are needed
  • Less wiring required
  • No need for electricians to install it
  • Helps give power to areas with small numbers of electric sockets
  • Power down/up devices as required for energy and cost savings
  • Extends wired and wireless network reach not limited to fixed power outlet placements.

Why Use Netgear PoE Switches?

So why choose Netgear for your IP surveillance setup? Well, for a start, they have the largest PoE and PoE+ switch collection. There’s a switch for every need, power requirement and price point. Plus, they have managed and unmanaged switches, depending on how you like to monitor your networks. The managed switches come with an easy-to-use web-based interface making it easy to monitor your IP surveillance network.

The range comes with a different number of ports, from 2 to 48 points gigabit switches.

Some of the Netgear Switches on Comms Express have Netgear Green status. This means that they have up to 60% less power consumption than non-green versions. They can automatically power down when not in use. They also are made from 80% recycled material.

Finally, Netgear switches are reliable, meaning your IP surveillance setup is in safe hands.

Top 5 Netgear PoE Switches

At Comms Express, we love making sure you have the right hardware for your needs. We know that every business has different needs and wildly different budgets. Here are our top recommendations for IP Surveillance switches.

1. Netgear GS110TP 8 Port Gigabit PoE Smart ProSAFE Switch With 2 Gigabit SFP


8 Port Gigabit PoE Smart ProSAFE Switch with 2 Gigabit SFP

Need a low port density solution for your IP surveillance? Then the GS110TP is for you. This neat little switch packs some mighty speed. This is perfect for small networks.

  • 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
  • 8 PoE ports supply up to 15.4W per port with 46W total PoE budget
  • 2 Gigabit SFP Uplinks
  • 1x, ACLs, Rate limiting, DSCP-based prioritisation, IGMP Snooping
  • Supports SNMP v1, v2c, v3 Network Management Protocol


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2. Netgear FS728TPv2 24 Port 10/100 Smart Managed Switch With POE On All Ports

24 Port 10/100 Smart Managed Switch with POE on all Ports

The FS728TP is jammed pack with connectivity options for businesses. This managed switch allows network management through a web-based interface. This switch is great for a medium-sized IP surveillance network.

  • 24 Port 10/100 Fast Ethernet Switch
  • 24 Ports of PoE with a total budget of 192W
  • 4 Gigabit copper ports and 2 combo copper/SFP ports
  • 1x, ACLs, Rate limiting, DSCP/TOS-based prioritisation, IGMP Snooping
  • Supports SNMP v1, v2, v3 Network Management Protocol

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3. Netgear GS728TP 24 Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart ProSAFE Switch With 4 x SFP Ports

24 Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart ProSAFE Switch With 4 x SFP Ports

This Netgear PoE+Smart Switch offers better PoE functions enhanced performance and easy usability. PoE+ switches increase the wattage passed through to devices, which is perfect for power-hungry IP surveillance cameras.

  • 28 Port 10/100/1000 (PoE+) + 16 x 10/100/1000 (PoE) + 4 x SFP
  • IGMP and MLD snooping, providing advanced multicast filtering
  • Dual firmware images, improving reliability and uptime to your network
  • Assist with customer deployment with 1-year Free 24×7 Advanced Technical Support
  • Advance QoS with IPv4/IPv6 ingress traffic filtering (ACL) and prioritisation (QoS – Diff Serve)

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4. Netgear GSM7248P (M4100-50G-POE+) 48 Ports Gigabit PoE+ 802.3at, Layer 2+ Software Package

48 ports Gigabit PoE+ 802.3at, Layer 2+ software package

The Intelligent Edge PoE+ switch is perfect for IP telephony, video-surveillance deployments. This is a fast network switch which is ideal for IP surveillance on a large scale.

  • Broad portfolio of access layer solutions, ranging from 8 ports Fast Ethernet to 50 ports Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3af PoE and 802.3at PoE+ best fit, ranging from 66W to 1,440W power budget per switch
  • IPv4 routing in Layer 2+ package (L3 static routing) with IPv4/IPv6 ACLs and QoS
  • High-value L2/L3 tables with 16K MAC, 512 ARP/NDP, 9K jumbo frames, 1K VLANs, 64 static L3 routes
  • Redundant power supply option for uninterruptible operation (RPS)
  • External power supply option for PoE and PoE+ full-power applications (EPS)
  • Green Ethernet compliance for maximum power efficiency

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5. Netgear GS752TXP (S3300-52X-PoE+) 52 Port Gigabit PoE+ Stackable Smart ProSAFE Switch c/w 2x SFP & 2x RJ45 10G Ports

Netgear GS752TXP (S3300-52X-PoE+) 52 Port Gigabit PoE+ Stackable Smart ProSAFE Switch c/w 2x SFP & 2x RJ45 10G

The ProSAFE S3300-52X-PoE+ Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch has four dedicated 10G ports are included as standard for stacking and uplinks to aggregation layers or storage and server connections. PoE/PoE+ support between 390W to 1440W with RPS. If you have high-performance cameras, then this is the switch for your IP surveillance network.

  • Static routing helps to route internal traffic for more efficient use of network resources
  • 390W PoE+ Budget extendable to 1440W with supplemental RPS solution
  • IGMP and MLD snooping, providing advanced multicast filtering
  • Solid performance with non-blocking architecture, 8K MAC addresses, 256 VLANs, 480 shared ACL entries, 32 static routes, and 1,024 Multicast Groups
  • Comprehensive IPv6 supporting management, QoS and ACL, ensuring investment protection and a smooth migration to IPv6-based network
  • Dedicated SFPs instead of combo ports, offering more connectivity ports and providing better value and usability at no extra cost
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE802.3az) support for more energy saving in the future when more EEE-compliant end devices come to market
  • Advanced QoS with IPv4/IPv6 ingress traffic filtering (ACLs) and prioritisation
  • Dynamic VLAN assignment for easy user authentication and location-independent access to the network
  • USB for easy access firmware updates

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Now you are ready to set up your dream network. Head on over to our Netgear PoE switch category to start preparing your network today!